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LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On International Day of Peace, September 21, a full day of programming on the Scientology Network showcases solutions to create a more peaceful world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls on those who cherish freedom to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With the CDC reporting overdose deaths up 30 percent in 2020, the Church of Scientology International reaches out with vital information anyone may use to take effective action at home and in their communities. Effective drug education is more urgent now than ever. Because the best time to end drug abuse is before it begins.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- World Humanitarian Day, August 19, "recognizes the efforts of aid workers who put their lives on the line to help affected people during times of global crisis." With the number and severity of natural disasters escalating and a pandemic that continues to surge, World Humanitarian Day takes on entirely new dimensions. The Church of Scientology International extends thanks to numerous orgs.
For the Betterment of Their Communities, Extending the Broad Reach of Scientology-Sponsored Humanitarian Initiatives
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology has long sponsored programs for the betterment of their communities and the world at large. These focus on eradicating social ills: from drug abuse and addiction to rampant violation of human rights and the lack of a moral compass that breeds corruption and crime.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientologists across America took a stand against drug abuse and crime August 3 by joining local law enforcement and nonprofit organizations to make National Night Out 2021 special for their communities. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and raises awareness about crime and drug prevention.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology International extends an invitation to people of goodwill to join Scientology Churches and Missions in support of International Day of Friendship, a United Nations initiative that promotes "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" and seeks to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Protecting the most basic human right of all, the right to life, South Africa's Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to serve Mandela's beloved country. Mandela Day commemorates the birthday of Nelson Mandela "in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom."
For UN World Youth Skills Day, Free Online Courses in 18 Languages Can Help Mentors Equip Youth for Success
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For UN World Youth Skills Day, celebrated July 15, the Church of Scientology International provides skills training resources for mentors, nonprofits and community programs to help youth improve their ability to learn new skills and survive in today's competitive and challenging world. These are available free of charge on the Scientology website at Scientology.org/courses.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Established July 4, by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., holds a unique place in the history of the Scientology religion. It was inaugurated blocks from the White House and served as the first fully formed center of Scientology training and religious counseling.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This weekend on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and throughout the year, the Church of Scientology International and Scientologists help youth make the self-determined decision to live drug-free. Why? Because drug prevention works. And it saves young lives.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Mexico Honored for Their Help at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mexico Scientologists and their families were honored for their service to Catholic church officials and parishioners with a special Mass at the Iglesia Santa Maria de Guadalupe Capuchinas, part of the complex of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide Help to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an Island in Need
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For 16 days, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Florida, arranged by the Freewinds, the Church of Scientology religious retreat, came to the aid of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meet a Scientologist: ‘Restore Our Earth’ is the Theme of Earth Day 2021 and the Passion and Way of Life of...
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Network's "Meet a Scientologist" television series celebrates the work of agricultural engineer Peter Vajda, the Church of Scientology International announced today. For Vajda, this year's Earth Day theme, "Restore Our Earth," is a passion and way of life as it focuses attention on regenerating the world's ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.
Danville Congregational Church Chosen Best Place of Worship 2020 by East Bay Times Reader’s Choice Awards
DANVILLE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Danville Congregational Church (DCC) today announced that it was named "Best Place of Worship" for 2020-2021 by the East Bay Times Reader's Choice Awards. The church also received that honor from East Bay Times readers for 2019-2020. This latest recognition will appear in a supplement to be published with the Sunday, June 28 edition of the East Bay Times.
BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Responding to the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Reverend Ineda Adesanya, CEO, announced that the Chaplaincy Institute ("ChI") is committing to training student chaplains and equipping current chaplains with new tools for spiritual care of those harmed by injustice.
‘Real Power Today’ led by Pastor Arnie Klann kicks off his 2020 Spiritual Warfare Retreats in California
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Pastor Arnie Klann, "Real Power Today" announced. Pastor Klann is thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off ministry "that speaks to the unusual and trying times of today, that can lead to strong spiritual interface."
TryTank Experimental Lab launches ‘Dial-A-Priest’ hotline providing hospitals with Episcopal clergy for Ministration at the Time of Death
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- TryTank Experimental Lab is making Dial-A-Priest available to hospitals around the country starting Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Dial-A-Priest is a free service that connects callers to an Episcopal clergyperson who can offer the "Ministration at the Time of Death" from the Book of Common Prayer by telephone to hospital patients.
Shincheonji Church of Jesus Accomplishments: 100,000 Graduates, Open Word Seminars, and Volunteers all Across the World
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As we reign in the end of 2019, many are reflecting back to their achievements within this year. Without a doubt, this past year the religious realm has seen progressive developments however, none has made such achievements as Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
JLA Trust: Lifting People with Disabilities Out of Poverty, JLA Pooled Trust Hits $5M in Beneficiary Assets
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In recognition of the highly impactful, life-changing work provided to people with disabilities in the region, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has awarded Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust & Services (JLA Trust) with a three-year, $250,000 Next Stage Grant.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On 29 November, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium hosted a seminar on human rights entitled "Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem," the Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs Northern California announced today.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On November 10, 2019, Shincheonji church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony held one of the world's largest graduation with the count of 103,764 graduates. In addition to the 100,000 graduates in South Korea, it was also held simultaneously around the world from school locations in Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Amitabha Buddha’s Holy Birthday Dharma Assembly 2018 Held by True Buddha Dharma Center at Bao Ta Si Temple
COVINA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Amitabha Buddha is the Lord of Buddhism of the Western World of the Utmost Bliss, says True Buddha Dharma Center. According to the "Amitabha Sutra Expounded by the Buddha," this Buddha emits light that is unmeasurable and has a life that is unmeasurable. It is for those reasons, He is called the Amitabha Buddha.
Calif. State Assembly passes resolution ACR 267, declaring November 2018 as Sikh Appreciation and Awareness Month in CA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Assembly members gave a standing ovation and warm welcome to Sikh American guests at the California State Assembly (August 21, 2018), says The Punjabi American Heritage Society. The Assembly unanimously passed resolution ACR 267 declaring the month of November as Sikh Appreciation and Awareness Month.
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Joins Faculty at the University of Los Angeles College of Divinity
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy "Lee" Baca, who retired as the top law enforcement officer in LA County in 2014, was appointed as a professor announced the University of Los Angeles College of Divinity in Compton, Calif. (ULACD). Ironically Sheriff Baca was previously responsible for the LA County Sheriff's department taking over the policing in Compton from the local Compton Police department in 2000, saving the city over $8 million.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries (IABCS) held their annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on April 10, 2017, announced United States Ecclesiastical Society and Seminary (USESS), and University of Los Angeles College of Divinity (ULA).
Calif. Interfaith Experts Discuss Building Community of Peace from Recent Tragedies in San Bernardino and Worldwide
CLAREMONT, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In light of the recent tragic events in San Bernardino, California and around the world, Claremont Lincoln University on...
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Catholic Online is announcing their adoption of the new Mobile Politics application for the iPhone to share the social message of the Church. Mobile Politics is being touted as 'the most powerful tool in politics since the invention of the ballot.'
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Family Church International of Pasadena California announces a new regular service called, "Get Your Word On," starting...
ORANGE, Calif. -- "Be Still and know that I am God," said IBI CEO Rick Larimore, "is the passage that Eckhart Tolle referenced from the Bible's Psalm 46:10 in the first interview of Oprah's on-line presentation of Tolle's recent book 'The New Earth,' presented at oprah.com. This is the Biblical passage we have referenced the last 2 1/2 years on virtueperfume.com and our pamphlet, for the same reason. God resides in the still, silent center that is us."
MONTCLAIR, Calif. -- Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful Vedic Era! Experience the celebrations and ceremonies of India, western and world music and fun family entertainment, for three energizing and joyful days at the Grand Consecration of a Vedic Temple. Join us at the new Nithyananda Vedic Temple, Nov. 9th - 11th at 9720 N Central Avenue, Montclair CA, 91763.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In Los Angeles Superior Court today Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled from the bench that Minister Rubin of Temple 420 had to expose himself twice a month as part of his probation requirements. The minister of the Hollywood cannabis church offered to submit to a hair test stating, "I am not trying to avoid the responsibility of drug testing, I only want to have some human dignity by not having to expose myself to this gentlemen that is my probation officer."
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- "I live in the City of Angels where the Mayor cheats on his wife, the City Attorney cheats the tax payers and I teach the Word of God and the love of Jesus and I am being sent to prison for several years," says Rev. Craig X Rubin. I love my country, but I love God more and I must teach the Truth that Jesus proclaimed a Kingdom not a religion.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Reverend Craig X Rubin says, "God has called me to do this work. I am spreading the good news of Jesus' Kingdom to new believers and informing people about the real Tree of Life." Reverend Rubin is the leader of Temple420.org, a Judeo-Christian pro-marijuana church that doesn't promote smoking marijuana, but does burn marijuana in its religious ceremonies.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- On August 16th 2005 Reverend Rubin announced that he'd be seeking the Republican Nomination for the office of President of the United States of America, with the publishing of his book "9021GROW" (ISBN: 0974711004). The opening line of the book prophetically stated that by the time you hear of the Rev. Craig Rubin, he'd either be in the White House or in jail. At the moment it is not hard to guess which scenario is most likely to happen: going to jail.
Christianity ‘Not A Real Religion’ According to LAPD as Cannabis Church Files Complaint Against City of Angels
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- When Reverend Craig X Rubin was arrested at his house of worship he asked the lead LAPD officer for the special rights accorded to clergy under California Penal Codes 1524 and 1525, but was told by the officer that his Bible-based Judeo-Christian organization, that was recognized by the state of California, was "not practicing a real religion." Temple 420 is a registered religious organization with the State of California.
Hollywood Judeo-Christian Cannabis Church Forced to Close – Arrested Reverend Claims Civil and Religious Rights Violated
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- "Churches and Temples are no longer safe in America," says Reverend Craig X Rubin of Temple 420, who was arrested November 8, 2006, at his religious establishment by over one dozen heavily armed officers of the LAPD. "If they can do this to us, they can do it to any church that the government disagrees with." The Reverend known for his reoccurring role on Showtime's hit series "Weeds" said arresting officers did not treat Temple clergymen as required by California Penal Codes 1524 and 1525.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Is art imitating life or what? Craig X who sells pot on Showtime's hit show "Weeds" is opening a pro-pot Temple on Hollywood Blvd this week. In the first season he plays himself as the owner of the "Bodhi Sativa Care Givers Club." In season two, this week's episode (August 21-25), "Cooking with Jesus" he appears as the owner of cannabis club called the "Mohasky Cup."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Temple420.org opened on April 20th to incredible success. There have been thousands of people flocking to the site and a true community is being created on-line. Two community members of Temple420.org have decided to get married and they have asked Craig X Rubin, the new Pope of Pot, to officiate over their Wedding. The other exciting news is that Rubin, the Temple's Reverend, is going to Washington D.C. to be trained as a preacher by Arch Bishop George Augustus Stallings.